Manitoba School Science Symposium (MSSS) is the showcase event for school students to display their scientific knowledge. To create awareness about our Biosystems engineering to school students, CSBE awards have been given to the projects related to bioengineering field. This year, out of 350 projects displayed, 26 found to be related to bioengineering field. Allie Skwarchuk, and Wynonna Mendoza from Ecole River Heights won the junior category award for their project “Can We Use Plants to Control the Amount of Phosphorus in Lake Winnipeg?”. Amanda Wong from Grant Park High School won the senior category award for the project “Constructing a Multitouch Camera Based Touchscreen”.
AIC's highest honour, the title of Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada recognizes an individual AIC member who has made a distinguished contribution to Canadian agriculture through contributions to building scientific capacity for societal good, integration and collaboration between disciplines and sectors, and communications. Dr. Ernie Barber received the award at a dinner in Ottawa on June 11, 2014.
Dr. Ernie Barber has made outstanding contributions to Canadian agriculture through a distinguished and wide-ranging career of research, academic leadership and partnership building with industry and government.
His research has contributed significantly to Canadian agriculture through advances in the ventilation, heating and air quality control of intensive livestock units worldwide - improving the health of humans and animals and minimizing the impact of these facilities on the environment.
He is currently building critical scientific capacity as Managing Director of the new $50-million Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan, a research institute built upon a unique public-private partnership involving PotashCorp, the Saskatchewan government and the university. The GIFS enables multi-disciplinary research, training and technology development aimed at increasing agricultural productivity, supporting a prosperous agricultural bio-economy, and contributing to the goal of global food and nutrition security through innovation and international partnerships.
A long-time professor and administrator at the University of Saskatchewan, his exemplary work within numerous senior leadership portfolios has consistently encouraged and made possible critical collaborations - both interdisciplinary ones among researchers and many others between academics, government and industrial partners. With an enthusiasm for agriculture that colleagues call "infectious," Barber is highly regarded as an outstanding educator, communicator and builder of research capacity.
In addition to his outstanding work as a researcher and administrator, Barber has also earned a reputation as an exceptional mentor and educator. He has won four teaching-related awards while at the University of Saskatchewan, and many of his former students are now important contributors to agriculture in academia and within many other public and private institutions.
Barber was also recently named Interim Provost and Vice-Provost (Academic) for the U of S. This is the second time he has held this role, as he previously filled this vacancy from 2007 to 2008.
Barber is the first Saskatchewan resident to receive this honour since 2004, when Glenden William Hass - a longtime contributor to agriculture in both the private and public sectors - was made an AIC fellow.
Be sure to check out the various Undergraduate and Graduate Student Competitions available through the Canadian Society for BioEngineering (CSBE/SCGAB) Foundation.
Note that both a Masters and Doctorate Thesis Award are now available each year rather than in alternating years as in the past.
Warren Blunt, Senthilkumar Thiruppathi, Chelladurai Vellaichamy (PhD students) have been awarded Edward R. Toporeck Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Engineering. Chelladurai Vellaichamy (PhD student) has been awarded W.E. Muir Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Biosystems Engineering.
Congratulations to award winners!
Several CSBE members were honored at the CSBE Annual Awards’ Banquet held during the Annual Meeting and Conference in Saskatoon last July, 2013. The Society is proud to recognize these individuals for their commitment and contribution to the engineering profession and society.
MAPLE LEAF AWARD
YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
JOHN TURNBULL AWARD
JOHN CLARK AWARD
GLENN DOWNING AWARD
JIM BEAMISH AWARD
Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba
Undergraduate Design Project Award: Tyler Whettell, Tyler Maes, Sam Symons, Victoria Munroe, Matt Stephens, Steven Murray, Calving Ngan, Jason Lam, Yiu Cho Cheng, Parker Williams, Kalen Kerr, David Lipinski, Ian Swintak, Chi Tu, Patricia Fabros and Xiaodong Xu for International ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design
Undergraduate Thesis or Paper Award: Vanessa Krahn
Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Idris Adelakun
CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship: Grace Kankindi
Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University
Undergraduate Design Project Award: Oliver Beaudin and Bryan Wattie
Undergraduate Thesis or Paper Award: Kaitlin Lloyd, Kendell McBride, Christopher McGuire, and Brenda Moore
Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D.): Felix Jaria
Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Shrikalaa Kannan
Undergraduate Team Competition Award: Martin Legault, Stephen McGuire, Antoine Pouliot, Trevor Stanhope, Mei Xiao, Sara Tawil, Quinn Burke Anderson, Sophie Lauzon, Frederic Rene-Laforest, Isabellie Cote-Laurin, Dzuy-Tam-Tran for ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition
CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship: Brenda Moore
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan
Undergraduate Design Project Award: Jeff Pridmore, Devin Barros, and Lane Forster
Undergraduate Paper Award: Aubrey Worobetz and Carolyn Osborne
Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Alvin Alvarado
School of Engineering, University of Guelph
CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship: Evan Wright
Undergraduate Design Project Award: Alexis Wagner, Chris Geerts, and Neeti Sondi
CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Matthew DiCicco
Dear CSBE/SCGAB members:
As you know, we will have a joint Annual Meeting with ASABE next year in Montreal. At the meeting, we will have a joint Awards Ceremony, wherein the CSBE/SCGAB Major Awards will be presented and new CSBE/SCGAB Fellows will be recognized together with ASABE awardees. To achieve this, we need to accelerate our timeline for nominations for CSBE/SCGAB Awards and Fellows and the subsequent selection of awardees.
Let us make this a success and nominate worthy CSBE/SCGAB colleagues for these awards.
Date: Monday July 8, 2013
Time: 12 00 to 13 30 with lunch
Place: Marquis Hall, Exeter Room, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon
As you are aware, the CSBE-SCGAB and its FOUNDATION sponsor several student awards. These include:
In 2012, the Foundation established a new program. To help our students with their travel to our CSBE-SCGAB Technical Conference and AGM, the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation will pay the fees for base conference registration and admission to the CSBE/SCGAB Awards Banquet for the winner(s) of student awards. In addition, the Foundation will provide $100 per student to a maximum of $400 per academic unit (biological/bioresource, biosystems,... eng. programs), to be used to defray the costs of travel and accommodation for attending the conference. The students must be members in good standing of the CSBE-SCGAB in order to be eligible for the awards, fee waivers, and travel support. Eligible academic units (biological/bioresource, biosystems,... eng. programs) are asked to contact the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation (basically me and next year John Feddes) by June 1st of each year, and provide the name, CSBE-SCGAB membership number, and project or thesis title of each winning student who are planning to travel to the conference site. I (next year John Feddes) need a copy of base conference registration receipt for each student who is requesting support. I (next year John Feddes) will issue a cheque to each student in Saskatoon during the annual meeting.
Full details for these award are described in Secretary/Manager Annual Report.
Totally 16 Biosystems engineering under-graduate students received their B.Sc. (BioE) degrees at the Spring 2013 convocation. With the new specialization option, 3 graduated with the Biomedical Specialization, 5 with the Environmental Specialization, and 1 with the Agricultural Specialization.
Shawn Wiebe won this years’ Faculty of Engineering Program Medal in Biosystems Engineering.
Idris Ademuyiwa Adelakun, Leno Jose Guzman Quinonez, Maria Anastasia Mastorakos and Charles Chioma Nwaizu received their M.Sc. degrees and Joe Nelson Ackerman, Robert Vaughan Parsons, and Mohammad Al-Amin Sadek received their Ph.D. degrees at the May 2013 Convocation.
Saravanan Nandhagopal (PhD student) has been awarded Edward R. Toporeck Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Engineering. Marcos Cordeiro, and Senthilkumar Thiruppathi (PhD students) have been awarded W.E. Muir Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Biosystems Engineering.
Amy La, Behzad Bashiri, Chelladurai Vellaichamy and Ravikanth Lankapalli, graduate students from the department of Biosystems Engineering have been awarded University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF). Congratulations to award winners!
The CSBE Manitoba Region continued its effort to create awareness about biological engineering to school students through sponsoring awards at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium held on April 27th at the University of Manitoba.
Tooba Razi, grade 7 student won the Biosystems Engineering award in intermediate category for her project “Effect of blade angle on wind turbine efficiency”.
Keisha Mendoza, Grade 11student won senior category award for the project entitled “An A’peeling way to filter water: The banana peel water filter”.
I am encouraging the department heads and academic advisers of our academic institutions to consider deserving students, both undergraduate and graduate students, for these awards.
The Foundation will pay the membership dues for first-time-ever graduate students. An application form (http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/members/join-csbe-scgab) should be completed by the graduate student and submitted by a faculty member attesting to first-time-ever status. The completed form should be sent to the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation office (CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, 2028 Calico Crescent, Orleans, ONK4A 4L7) where payment will be attached.
The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship - The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship is to recognize academic excellence among student members of the Society. The Scholarship can be awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester (based on a minimum of 12 credit hours and the GPA must qualify the recipient to appear on the Dean’s Honor List). The Department Head or his/her designate will select one scholarship recipient per year per department. The amount of the award varies from year to year but is in the range of $200 to $500.
Student Team Competition Funding Program – Full details described on the web site at http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/members/students/awards-competitions-and-scholarships
The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation offers funding to eligible student teams that participate in a recognized bioengineering competition. The Foundation thereby encourages students to gain team work experience and to learn by comparing their efforts and ideas with others in addition to provide visibility for engineering. Funding is equivalent to $50 per student member with a maximum of $500 per team, and up to $1000 per academic institution per calendar year for all teams requesting funds. To be eligible, the team must be formed of at least two student members and participate in a bioengineering competition open to more than one academic institution. Team members eligible for funding must be student members of CSBE/SCGAB in good standing, i.e. annual dues are currently paid (otherwise students should provide photocopy of their application form or membership renewal). Examples of eligible student competitions include the CSBE/SCGAB undergraduate design competition and undergraduate paper competition, as long as the project is carried out by at least two students and the team has been selected to participate in the national competition. Other examples include the ASABE K. K. Barnes Paper Award Competition, 1/4 Scale Tractor Competition and Environmental Design Competition (Fountain Wars). Other competitions may be considered as long as they meet the general criteria: more than one academic institution is involved, bioengineering is the main discipline involved and the project is a student team endeavour. A proof of registration should be included with the request.
To request funding, simply download and fill out the form. Please return to the Foundation at: CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, 2028 Calico Crescent, Orleans, ON, K4A 4L7
The CSBE-SCGAB Foundation will offer financial assistance to the winners of their annual departmental (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.) Undergraduate Thesis, Undergraduate Design Project, and Graduate Thesis Awards, so that these students may attend the CSBE-SCGAB Annual Meeting and Technical Conference,. The Foundation will pay the fees for base conference registration and admission to the CSBE/SCGAB Awards Banquet for the winner(s) of these awards. In addition, the Foundation will provide $100 per student to a maximum of $400 per academic unit (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.), to be used to defray the costs of travel and accommodation for attending the conference. The students must be members in good standing of the CSBE-SCGAB in order to be eligible for the awards, fee waivers, and travel support. Eligible academic units (biological/bioresource, biosystems, eng. Programs, etc.) are invited to contact the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation by June 15th, of each year, and provide the name, CSBE-SCGAB membership number, and project or thesis title of each winning student.
STUDENT COMPETITIONS CSBE/SCGAB UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENT COMPETITIONS
Two undergraduate student competitions namely (1) design competition and (2) undergraduate paper competition, are organized to promote a high degree of professionalism, encourage development of professional and engineering ingenuity, provide opportunity for interaction between students and professional associates and encourage active undergraduate student participation within CSBE/SCGAB.
Two graduate student competitions namely (1) Masters and Doctoral thesis award competition and (2) graduate student paper competition are organized to encourage innovation and excellence in Biosystems, Biological and Environmental Engineering and recognize our most promising graduate student members. Brief overview of these competitions is given below. The CSBE/SCGAB Vice-President (Membership) in consultation with the Student Affairs Committee will circulate detailed and specific instructions each year for the competitions. Potential contestants should consult these guidelines before completing their submission packages.
Brief overview of these competitions is given below.
CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award:
Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award is to recognize excellence in undergraduate student research in fields represented by the Society. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed an undergraduate level thesis at a CanadianUniversity during the 12-mont period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.
Award Value: $100
Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.
CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award
Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award is to recognize excellence in the development of engineering design skills in solving problems related to biological systems. Individual or team projects are eligible. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient(s) must have completed a design project at a CanadianUniversity during the 12-month period ending April 30th, and be a student member of the Society.
Award Value: $100 if the design project is completed by an individual or $50 per person if the design project is completed by a design team
Deadline: The name(s) of the award recipient(s), along with the title of the design project, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th.
CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. Category)
Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in odd-numbered years in recognition of M.Sc. theses completed in the two-year period ending April 30th of the odd-numbered year. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Master’s thesis at a Canadian University during the 2-year period ending April 30th of an odd-numbered year, and be a student member of the Society.
Award Value: $200
Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th .
CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. Category)
Eligibility: The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in even-numbered years in recognition of Ph.D. theses completed in the two-year period ending April 30th of the even-numbered year. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet. To qualify, the recipient must have completed a Doctoral thesis at a CanadianUniversity during the 2-year period ending April 30th of an even-numbered year, and be a student member of the Society.
Award Value: $200
Deadline: The name of the award recipient, along with the title of the thesis, must be submitted to the Society Manager by June 15th .
It is important to recognise outstanding contributions and achievements of our professional colleagues. The CSBE/SCGAB annual award program is an excellent way to do so. Consider some of the professional accomplishments and engineering achievements in agriculture carried out in recent years by many members of our Society. Take time to read the list of awards available on the Society’s web site (http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/csbe/awards/awards-available). Briefly the 7 awards all suppose a significant contribution to the profession:
Talk to colleagues and take time to prepare a nomination for a worthy candidate. Note that awards will be presented at our Annual Conference, July 7-10, 2013, Saskatoon (SK). Address any question, comment or completed nomination to the Chair (see below).
Completed nominations should be received by the Chair by January 27, 2013.
Dr. Daniel I. Massé
Chair (Président) CSBE/SCGAB Awards Committee – 2012
Centre de Recherche sur le Bovin Laitier et le Porc / Dairy and
Swine Research and Development Centre
Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
2000 rue Collège, Sherbrooke
Québec, Canada, J1M 0C8